The neighborhood of Copacabana beach
boasts one of the world's most spectacular
New Year's Eve parties, as more than
two million revellers crowd onto the
sands to watch the firework display.
As of 2001, the fireworks have been
launched from boats, since the previous
launch site of the beach has caused
At the end of Copacabana lies the
Sugarloaf Mountain ("Pão
de Açúcar"), whose
name characterises the famous hump
rising out of the sea. The top can
be reached via cable car, and offers
views second only to Corcovado mountain.
The tallest mountain in the city,
however, at 842m, is the Pedra da
Gávea (Topsail Rock) in São
Conrado. Hang gliding is a popular
activity on a nearby peak - after
a short flight, they land on the Praia
do Pepino beach.
night view of the Botafogo inlet with
the moon shining above the Sugar Loaf,
by João T.R. de Freitas.